‘We want to teach, not look after criminals’

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‘We want to teach, not look after criminals’

Teachers fear for their lives while schools' codes of conduct are useless against drug dealers and gangsters

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Teachers are not trained to discipline criminals, be criminologists or play the role of a Correctional Services officer.

So says Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) CEO Chris Klopper after their recent study that 87% of respondents spent too much time on recording and reporting unruly pupils’ behaviour.

At least 75% of the 3,000 participants, who are members of the union, said their school’s code of conduct was not effective in maintaining discipline while 70% said they had not been trained to deal with violent pupils...

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